Kenya University Killings Fuel Growing Global Trend of Attacks on Education

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (April 2, 2015) — An unknown number of masked gunmen stormed a hostel at Garissa University in north-eastern Kenya today, reportedly taking a group of students hostage, killing at least 15 people, including one pupil, and injuring at least 65 others.

“Today’s attacks are both unjustified and horrifying in equal measure. The simple act of going to school or university is becoming increasingly perilous for young people across the world, with attacks on schools constantly on the rise,” said Duncan Harvey, country director at Save the Children Kenya.

“Every child has a right to education and the sanctity of such institutions must be upheld. Schools and universities should be zones of peace where children can learn in safety.”

Save the Children is actively engaged in promoting the ‘Guidelines’, developed to protect students and teachers around the world from the use of schools for military purposes, and to incorporate explicit protection for schools into their military doctrines and strategies.

Heavy gunfire and sporadic explosions continue to be heard in the area, with mobile network coverage around the university area currently switched off.

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